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Leek Town
Spalding United
Sat 11 Apr 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier - First Division South Full time Attendance 201

PLAY-OFF PLACE EDGES CLOSER

Blues edged closer to securing a play-off place with a 1-1 draw against fellow promotion hopefuls Spalding United.

In truth the match was not much of a spectacle for the supporters as both sides struggled to create goalscoring opportunities.

Lee Casswell made one change to the side that beat Chasetown with Sam Hall taking the place of the injured Dan Shelley.

Blues found it difficult to string a succession of passes together in a first half in which defences were very much on top.

Leek Town v Spalding United 11/04/15
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In fact Leek took the lead with their only effort on target just before the break. Jordan Johnson swung in a free-kick from the right hand side and Karl Espley headed firmly past Michael Duggan in the Spalding goal.

The Tulips were back on level terms early in the second half when Jamie Thurlbourne curled a superb 25-yard free-kick beyond the grasp of James Martin and into the top corner of the net.

On the hour Tim Grice was played in Toby Mullarkey but his shot went over the crossbar. Grice had another chance late on when he beat his man down the right channel but fired wide.

The best chance of the half was two minutes from time when Jordan Johnson fired in a free-kick which was just inches over the crossbar.

In the end a draw was a fair result and probably one that neither side will be too unhappy with, as Blues now just need one point to be assured of a play-off place and Spalding also remain in the top five.

Team: Martin, Thompson, Jackson, Mullarkey, Espley, Chadwick, Danylyk, Hall (Maguire, 63), Grice, Johnson, Williams

Unused subs: Lowe, Donnelly, Burrell, Chapman,

Attendance: 201

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Leek Town v Spalding United 11/04/15
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# Team Pl Pts
1. Mickleover Sports 42 98
2. Leek Town 42 89
3. Newcastle Town 42 87
4. Sutton Coldfield Town 42 83
5. Gresley FC 42 81
6. Stafford Rangers 42 81
7. Spalding United 42 79

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